10 Days, Trekking Rwenzori Mountains Safari

Using Nyakalenga, Mubuku and Muhoma river trails to Margherita Summit on Mt Stanly (5,109 m)

Trekking Rwenzori Mountains,
Mount Stanley to Margherita Summit

The Rwenzori Mountains, dubbed the “Mountains of the Moon” by early explorers, has a celebrated beauty almost perpetually in mist. They have a seducing, eerie quality that led to many wondrous tales about them through the ages. The region’s glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes make it one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas.

Rwenzori is known primarily for its challenging hiking among the East African Mountains. The mountains are not Volcanic in Origin, but they rise directly from the Albertine Rift valley floor. The range, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, also supports animals’ diversity, including mammals and about 177 bird species, with several being Albertine Rift Endemics.

It’s the highest mountain range in Africa, with its Loftiest peaks, Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5083m) on Mount Stanley, are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.

On this trip, you’ll be hiking mount Stanley to the highest summit on the Rwenzori Mountains, Margherita Peak (5109 meters, 16762 ft). This safari hiking trip is not for the faint-hearted, so come prepared to see the African beauty from the skies. Trekking through this mystical terrain, swamped by cloud, pierced every now and then by a ray of sunlight, is a fantastic experience. It is much less accessible than Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya – the slopes are steep and often wet making it slippery. There is no doubt that it is hard work and not for the faint-hearted, but something that most people who travel to this part of the world do not experience; the wonders of the high glaciers, the thick jungle-like slopes, and giant plants alongside fast-flowing rivers, awe-inspiring waterfalls and stratified vegetation.

Highlights:

  • Scale the heights of Africa’s highest mountain ranges, elevated at 5,109 meters
  • Experience the wonders of the high glaciers, the thick jungle-like slopes, and giant plants alongside fast-flowing rivers, awe-inspiring waterfalls, and stratified vegetation.
  • See Africa’s exceptional scenic beauty from above the misty clouds
  • Challenge your physical fitness and ability to take on hard tasks
  • Transfer from Rwenzoris to Queen Elizabeth National Park and take a game drive to meet Uganda’s exclusive wild animals.
  • The trip starts and ends in Entebbe. Transport, meals, fees, and accommodation are taken care of by the trip planner.
  • Make sure you carry your climbing gearl

Included

  • Transportation, local flights, and 4×4 vehicle transfers
  • Accommodation and Meals as per itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide

We will process the trekking permits on your behalf from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).

Please carry a pack of N95 Facemask and hand sanitizer with you. You’ll be required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours of your arrival in the country, and keep your mask on when with animals and people crowds. You’re are requested to adhere to COVID Operating procedures to keep you safe during your trip.

Your walking safari at a glance

DayRoutes/activitiesAccommodationMeal Plan
Day 1Arrival in Entebbe and
transfer to the Guest House
– Optional Exc. to Mabamba
Swamps
Papyrus Guest HouseBed & Breakfast
Day 2

Drive Entebbe to Rwenzori NP

Mihunga Lodge

Full Board
Day 3

Trek the Rwenzori from

Nyakalenga through Mubuku

and Muhoma river trails

Nyabitaba Hut

Full Board
Day 4

Transverse the bamboo zone

and giant hearth zones.

John Matte Hut

Full Board
Day 5

Cross the bog to the Upper Big

bog

Bujuku Hut

Full Board
Day 6

Ascend to Scott-Elliot Pass

Elena Hut

Full Board
Day 7

Ascend to Margherita peak in 3

hours, then down to Kitandara

Hut

Kitandara HuT

Full Board
Day 8

A steep climb from the base of

Mt Baker

Guy Yeoman Hut

Full Board
Day 9

6 hour climb down to

Nyakalenga. Transfer from

Rwenzori N.P to QENP

Kasenyi Safari Lodge

Full Board
Day 10

Drive Back to Entebbe and

connect to your outbound flight

Papyrus Guest HouseDay Use

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    Please make sure you have your facemask on when in contact with animals, especially the endangered creatures. Without a negative PCR Covid Test, you’ll not be allowed into the country. You’ll spend most of your time in open spaces away from human crowds, with that there’s minimal to no infections of the COVID virus.

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